On this Black Friday

Good Black Friday morning. A couple of items of note on this Friday as we clean up our odds and ends as we get ready for the winter sports season to get started tomorrow.

Speaking of which, a note and that is both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ basketball teams will be participating in the jamboree hosted by Monroe High School tomorrow. Games are scheduled from noon to 5pm at the Monroe campus gymnasium, 17001 Tester Road in Monroe. Admission is $3 at the door. To get there, take SR 203 north from Fall City, Carnation or Duvall into Monroe, and once in Monroe, head into downtown, and at the light for Main Street, turn left and head west on Main to just before the interchange with SR 522. Before going under the highway, you’ll reach a roundabout; follow left ¾ way through this roundabout and it will put you on Tester Road; head south on Tester and the school and gym will be on your left.

Now to this morning’s news items:

Youth baseball camp announced
The 2018 youth baseball season is right around the corner, and local players have another opportunity to get their skills in shape thanks to your local parks district.

The Winter Break Pro Baseball Clinic will be held December 21 and 22 at Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City. The clinic, another in the series of clinics and camps that Si View Metro Parks has put on over the past several years, will aid young players in developing their fundamental baseball skills as they get set for Little League or more advanced leagues this coming spring. Pitching, hitting, baserunning and fielding will all be discussed during the course of the two days of instruction, which once again is being provided by Steve Goucher, who has been the instructor of these camps since their inception. He is a Bellevue-based coach and instructor who is a former pitcher and scout for Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves.

Each day’s camp runs from 9am-12 noon, and the two-day session costs $75. For more information or to register your child, log onto the Si View Metro Parks website, located at right in our news links.

Local running season wraps up with Valley winner in final race of 2017
The local road racing season wrapped up recently with the Snoqualmie Ridge Turkey Trot 5K, held on Snoqualmie Ridge November 11.

A total of over 200 runners ran in the race, which was held on the trails and walking paths around the Ridge, starting and finishing at Snoqualmie Community Park. The winner was Snoqualmie’s Jon Harding, who clocked 16 minutes, 18.4 seconds and bested runner-up – and fellow Snoqualmie resident – Bill Johnson by over a minute.

The top women’s finisher was Snohomish’s Erica McElrea, who finished 11th overall, with a time of 20:19.0. Snoqualmie’s Chantal LeBlanc was the top Valley women’s entrant; she finished 18th overall with a time of 21:51.6.

The field was primarily local, although there were a couple of runners from out of state who also competed in the event, which was the last on the 2017 schedule for RunSnoqualmie, which is the series of local running events put together by Snoqualmie resident – and Mount Si assistant track and field and cross country coach – Sean Sundwall. Their 2018 schedule has not been finalized yet, but more information will be available in the coming weeks at the RS website, which you can access at right in our news links.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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